Friday, 25 January 2013

JOURNEY INTO SWIPERY...


Art by Jack Kirby. JIM #83, page 8, panel 1

Every artist has (or should have) a reference file. This usually consists
of a collection of photos and illustrations of just about every item or scene
imaginable. It can contain previous drawings by the artist and also even
the drawings of others - which is why it's also called a 'swipe' file, because
it provides the working illustrator with material from which he can copy if
his imagination (or knowledge of the subject) is a little lacking.

It may surprise readers to learn that very few (if any) artists can sit
down at their drawing boards and draw just about anything off the top of
their head or at the drop of a hat. Even those who seemingly do so are
often drawing (pun intended) upon their experience of having drawn
something before which they first had to meticulously research and
have now consigned to memory.

Even artists of note like WALLY WOOD and JACK KIRBY swiped
from time to time from artists who had preceded them, like HOGARTH
and FOSTER. The renowned JOE SINNOTT, famous inker of many of
MARVEL's top pencillers - and an illustrator of no mean accomplishment
in his own right - occasionally swiped when he was performing sole
drawing chores on THE MIGHTY THOR back in the '60s.

Joe drew five Thor adventures for JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY
(91, 92, 94-96) and not only swiped from Jack Kirby, but even himself. I
thought it might be fun to look at the various panels that were 'inspired'
by ones in previous stories. Some are direct copies, others have been
tweaked (and flipped), but their sources are still all-too apparent.

The examples which follow result from a casual browse through
the stories themselves and are by no means exhaustive (in fact, I've
since seen one or two others), so feel free to look through the issues
yourself (if you have them) and see which ones you can spot.

Art by Joe Sinnott. JIM #91, page 12, panel 7

Art by Joe Sinnott. JIM #94, page 12, panel 5

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Art by Jack Kirby. JIM #83, page 10, panel 7

Art by Joe Sinnott. JIM #92, page 10, panel 6

Art by Joe Sinnott. JIM #95, page 4, panel 7

******

Art by Jack Kirby. JIM #85, page 6, panel 3

Art by Joe Sinnott. JIM #94, page 10, panel 2

******

Art by Jack Kirby (?)/Steve Ditko. JIM #88,
page13, panel 5

Art by Joe Sinnott. JIM #91, page 1, panel 4

Art by Joe Sinnott. JIM #94, page 5, panel 7

Art by Joe Sinnott. JIM #95, page 2, panel 7

Art by Joe Sinnott. JIM #96, page 2, panel 1

******

Art by Joe Sinnott. JIM #91, page 11, panel 7

Art by Joe Sinnott. JIM #95, page1, panel 6

******

Art by Joe Sinnott. JIM #91, page 13, panel 3

Art by Joe Sinnott. JIM #92, page 11, panel 2

******

Art by Jack Kirby. JIM #93, page 3, panel 7.
(This panel looks like a patch)

Art by Joe Sinnott. JIM #96, page 8, panel 3

******

Art by Jack Kirby. JIM #86, page 12, panel 5

Art by Jack Kirby. JIM #91, page 9, panel 7

Art by Joe Sinnott. JIM #95, page 10, panel 7

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Art by Jack Kirby. JIM #86, page 11, panel 6

Art by Joe Sinnott. JIM #95 page 2, panel 3

Art by Joe Sinnott. JIM #95, page 13, panel 7

Art by Joe Sinnott. JIM #96, page 2, panel 3

2 comments:

DeadSpiderEye said...

After examining these depictions of Thor it struck me that a few of them look as though they might be derived from baseball poses. I wonder, do you think it's possible that there was a Thor reference library with a bunch of baseball shots in it?

Kid said...

It's possible that Jack Kirby (who first drew the pics that Joe Sinnott copied from) used photos of baseball players as reference. I think Joe just copied from Jack, so it's unlikely in his case.

Interestingly, when Kirby first drew the Silver Surfer, I think he probably used photos of surfers to get the poses right. However, afterwards he just drew from memory. I think that's why Kirby's Surfer eventually became very stiff-looking, which is probably why Stan Lee gave the regular series to Buscema.